from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism The religious practices and beliefs of ancient India as reflected in the Vedas.
- n. Hinduism The social and religious system of orthodox Hindus, especially of the Brahmins, based on a caste structure and various forms of pantheism.
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- proper n. The principles and religious practice of the Brahmins, aspects of Hinduism as practiced by the Brahmin caste of India.
- proper n. Historical Vedic ritualism, contrasted with Shramana traditions.
- proper n. The conduct or attitudes ascribed to the social or cultural elite within a given society.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The religion or system of doctrines of the Brahmans; the religion of Brahma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The religion or system of doctrines of the Brahmans; the social system of ancient India, with the Brahmans as leading caste. Also Brahminism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism
- n. the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads
The description is a true one; the term Brahmanism represents what is common to the Hindu castes and sects; it is their greatest common measure, as it were.
The Vedic period is followed by what is usually termed Brahmanism, the religion that is inculcated in the rituals called Br [= a] hmana and its later development in the Upanishads.
In India, Brahmanism, which is still supreme, was established at so early a period that its origin is lost in the remotest antiquity.
Not many years ago great offence was given by an eminent writer who remarked that the time had come when the history of Christianity should be treated in a truly historical spirit, in the same spirit in which we treat the history of other religions, such as Brahmanism,
Brahmanism: This is the sum of Dharma duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
Naipaul might not have escaped his family: a struggling clan of Indians with more Brahmanism in their aspirations than in their actual background, transported by the British from India to Trinidad.
As a fairly serious student of Buddhism (the Buddha was from India just like the Hindu priest, and Buddhism has its origins in Brahmanism) I am at least as appalled as you are.
The friends she found in the American publishing world helped her bring out two memoirs, The English Governess at the Siamese Court and The Romance of the Harem, which were sufficiently popular to open up a new career for her as a lecturer on topics from “Siam: Its Court and Customs” to “Brahmanism, Ancient and Modern” and “Christian Missions to Pagan Lands.”
The teachings evaluated here not only include Buddhist schools but also variations of Brahmanism, Hinduism, and Indian religious practices as well as Chinese non-Buddhist doctrines.
One would have pronounced this that hell of Brahmanism, the most redoubtable of the seventeen abysses, which the Veda calls the Forest of